Saturday, 11 April 2015

Garden Flowers, Textured Brickwork, Kraft Card

Do you ever have one of those days when you try out an idea that REALLY doesn't work?
That's how this card began.  Some of my best work is a 'happy accident', you know!

Anyhow, I wanted to make a card that was less 'girly' but still pretty.  I think I've managed to achieve what I set out to do...  But if you have the time I would value your opinion.  Positive or negative - as long as it's constructive, please :)

Here's the card...





I've used embossing paste and a Tim Holtz stencil (Bricked) to give some texture to the Kraft card base.  Once dry, several layers of sponged distress ink (Walnut stain) were added.

The layered front panel has my favourite flowers on it.  Elizabeth Crafts, Bunch of Flowers 2.  The centres are tiny flowers from Memory Box (Flower Mound).

I've kept the Fresh Foliage (Memory Box) ink free as I didn't want to have too much going on.  This is a card designed for a CAS challenge, after all!

As for the butterflies...  I don't know if you can tell from the photograph but they are, in fact, embossed vellum rubbed with just a smidge of silver gilding wax.  The large butterfly is from Memory Box (Blissful Butterfly Border) and the smaller one's are from Martha Stewart, Pop Up Butterfly punch.

One piece of very dark brown twine tied to the side...  Finished :)

I made this card for the CAS-ual Friday's Clean and Simple Challenge...



...  and for Country View Challenges...

Have a great weekend :)


18 comments:

  1. I love this card, the brick work looks fantastic and the colours are really calming well worth the effort. I know how you feel, I often start a card with one idea and end up with something totally different! I've made a card for this challenge but still struggling with linking to the post :( new bloggers I don't know, I will get there :) Linda

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    1. Thank you for your very kind comments :)
      I had the EXACT same problem as you when I first started out blogging. A kind soul reached out to me and explained my errors. It's easy once you know how - promise!!!
      If you have an email I can reach you on I'll explain what you are supposed to do
      - get back to me if you need to :)

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  2. I just LOVE your card! I wanted to let you know that I’ve chosen your creation as one of my Favorite Picks and linked back to your blog! Thanks so much for sharing your talent. Kathy at stampsatplay.blogspot.com

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  3. Thank you so much, Kathy. You've made this lady very happy with your kind words :)

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  4. Oh yes Donna I have had many days where I just gave up making the card. Yours turned out lovely.

    Hugs diane

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  5. Thanks, Diane :)
    My original idea involved using the negative from the foliage cut out. This was in my 'left over' pile with the flowers left from a previous project!

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  6. Gorgeous Donna! Love your clean but so beautiful design!

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  7. I am very humbled and honoured to have you post a comment, Pam.
    Your standard, skill and creative technique are something I aspire to. I just LOVE your cards.

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  8. This card is absolutly gorgeous !
    Bises from Brittany.

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  9. Gorgeous, such a lot of detail. Thanks for playing along with the CASual Friday challenge, Rebecca x

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    1. Thank you, Rebecca. Glad you like it :)

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  10. a stunner - you colour choices are always wonderful!

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  11. Thank you for such a lovely comment, Ruth :)

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  12. Great card! I love all of the layers and all of the tiny details! Thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays Challenge!

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  13. Love all the different textures! Thanks so much for playing along with our challenge at CAS-ual Fridays :)

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